Transformations to Sustainability Programme

Institution: ISSC/UNESCO

In Brief



(2014, International Social Science Council/UNESCO, Paris;

Seeks to promote research on the fundamental and innovative processes of social transformations needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions to some of the most urgent problems of global change and sustainability — including climate change, biodiversity loss, water and food security, energy production and consumption, rapid urbanization, poverty, growing inequalities, and social discontent. In partnership with the Belmont Forum, TSP plans to initiate in 2015 three or more “Transformative Knowledge Networks” that will: 1) conduct internationally comparative research on processes of social transformation, and on needs and opportunities for transformation to sustainability; 2) bring together researchers from different disciplines and fields of science, from different regions of the world; 3) engage stakeholders in the co-design and co-production of solutions-oriented knowledge and development of networks of knowledge exchange and mutual learning; and 4) build capacity for international research collaboration. The TSP initiative “is intended as a major contribution to the work of Future Earth (, which is co-sponsored by the international Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability (

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